Stories for March 2020

Tuesday, March 31

Mattel Launches Website to Help Kids During Covid-19 Quarantine

El Segundo-based toy manufacturer Mattel Inc. rolled out a website with free games, activities and content to help children who are staying home during the pandemic.

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Monday, March 30

Top Women Leaders in Health Care: LAURA MOSQUEDA, MD

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Laura Mosqueda is the dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, where she also serves as professor of family medicine and geriatrics, and professor at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: LORI J. MORGAN, MD, MBA

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Lori J. Morgan is the president and CEO of Huntington Hospital, a 619-bed, non-profit hospital in Pasadena.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: THERESA MURPHY, RN

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Theresa Murphy is the chief nursing officer at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, responsible for nursing services, quality and safety initiatives, and nursing professional development.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: CHRISTINA MILLER, PHD

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Christina Miller is president and CEO of Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHALA), one of LA County’s largest and most comprehensive mental health organizations, providing

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: LAURA PANCAKE, LCSW

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In 2018, Laura Pancake was promoted to vice president of clinical services, housing and employment at Pacific Clinics.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: MARCIA LYSAGHT, DNP, RN

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Marcia Lysaght has a span of control reaching more than 2000 FTEEs, including disciples of nursing, social work, chaplain services, and sterile processing.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: SHARON PETERS

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As chief administrative officer, Sharon Peters is leading a distinguished integrated healthcare delivery system for Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center; Kaiser Permanente’s largest tertiary and quaternary care hospital within the Southern California region.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: SMITHA RAVIPUDI, MPH

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Smitha Ravipudi serves as chief executive officer of USC Care and Ambulatory Care Services.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: HELLEN RODRIGUEZ, MD

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Hellen Rodriguez has been practicing in the private sector for more than 30 years where she is well known as an educator and for her passion for quality care and safety in labor and delivery units.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: DARLENE SCAFIDDI, RN, MSN

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Darlene Scafiddi has served the Nurses of Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) as the chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services for over 40 years, over which time PVHMC’s nurses have maintained a reputation for providing outstanding, uncompromising care to patients and community members.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: KELLY LINDEN

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Kelly Linden became CEO of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center almost three years ago.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: SHAWN SHEFFIELD, MBA, MHSA

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Shawn Sheffield serves as chief strategy officer for Keck Medicine of USC.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: EILEEN SMITH, MD

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In October of last year, Eileen Smith was appointed the new leader and chair of the renowned Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation at City of Hope, where she is leading the department into the next phase of translating revolutionary discoveries into life-changing treatments.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: JOHNESE SPISSO

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ohnese Spisso, president of UCLA Health, CEO of UCLA Hospital System and Associate Vice Chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences, is a nationally recognized academic healthcare leader.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: Publisher's Letter

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Considering the challenging times we are faced with due to the coronavirus crisis, it has become particularly evident that solid leadership in the health care sector — which has always been important — has become more essential than ever.

Top Women Leaders in Health Care: SHARON THORNTON

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Sharon Thornton serves as the president of MemorialCare’s Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach Foundation and Long Beach Medical Center Foundation.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: MARIE TORRES, PHD, LCSW

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Marie Torres is senior vice president of government relations at AltaMed Health Services, the nation’s largest community health center, based in Los Angeles.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: CARYN LERMAN, PhD

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Caryn Lerman is the first female director of USC’s NCI-designated Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center (NCCC). In this role, she provides the strategic vision to acceler

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: SARAH KILPATRICK, MD, PHD

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Sarah Kilpatrick oversees 27 full-time faculty members specializing in high-risk pregnancies and complex gynecologic conditions. Her academic programs include Maternal Fetal Medici

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: MARY VIRGALLITO

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Directing quality improvement, infection prevention and control, licensing and accreditation, and patient safety programs for USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, Mary Virgallito’s efforts have resulted in significant and rapid improvements in patient safety and quality rating scores within a three-year timeframe.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: LARA KHOURI

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Lara Khouri is responsible for leading several critical departments essential to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) mission, including strategic planning; health system development and integration; government, community and business relations; marketing and communications; and the cancer, neurological, orthopedic, cardiac and fetal & neonatal service lines.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: ALICE ISSAI

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As the president of Adventist Health Glendale, a full-service, 515-bed acute care teaching facility in Glendale, Alice Issai is responsible for the healthcare needs of more than 145,000 patients each year.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: MELISSA HOWARD

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Melissa Howard is in charge of all nursing and clinical areas including radiology, wound care, transitional care unit and laboratory areas for Inter-Community Hospital in Covina and Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora, and the management of a team of nurses and staff.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: CYNTHIA HERRINGTON, MD

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Cynthia Herrington is surgical director of the Heart Transplant Program in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She is one of only a handful of women cardiac surgeons in the country.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: MARGIE HARRIER

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Margie A. Harrier, RN, is the senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center where she manages hospital and health plan operations.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: STEPHANIE L. HALL, MD, MHA, FACEP

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Stephanie Hall is chief medical officer of Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital and associate dean of clinical affairs for the Keck School of Medicine (KSOM).

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: Initiatives to Close Health Care Workplace Gender Gap Earn Honors

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The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) late last year recognized Eli Lilly and Company, EMD Serono and W2O with 2019 ACE Awards for exemplary workplace initiatives that are working to close the gender gap and accelerate gender parity in the health care and life sciences industry.

Top Women Leaders in Health Care: CAROLINE GOLDZWEIG, MD

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Goldzweig leads change in a fast-growing physician practice network with more than 500 physicians, 150 advanced practice practitioners and 2,000 employees. Dr. Goldzweig devel

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: MONA PATEL GERA, MD, FAAP

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Mona Patel’s responsibilities at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles include leadership in overseeing the ambulatory operations of more than 24 hospital-based clinics and six community specialty care centers.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: KITA CURRY, PHD

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As CEO and President of Didi Hirsch Mental Health services, Kita Curry is the chief visionary, spokesperson, and fundraiser for the organization. She is responsible for the fiscal and clinical performance of the non-profit agency with an annual budget of $55 million

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: CONSUELO (CONNIE) B. CASILLAS, MD

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Connie Casillas, a family physician, leads in the clinical care of patients by delivering outcomes for chronic disease and preventative health measures that persistently exceed internal and external benchmarks.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: MARA BRYANT

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Mara Bryant is a medical center operations executive who also helps lead operations-related strategy for Adventist Health White Memorial, ensuring an understanding of key imperatives from the local market.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: JACQUELINE BRACY, MD

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Dr. Jacqueline Bracy, and active OB-GYN physician who specializes in gynecology, women’s health and gynecologic and pelvic surgery, also serves as president of Emanate Health Medical Group.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: LINDA BURNES BOLTON, DrPH, RN, FAAN

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Sinai’s system-wide efforts to improve the health of all members of the Los Angeles community. She leads the hospital’s Health Equity Working Group representing health system leaders and regularly collaborates with community and Cedars-Sinai leadership to address health disparities in underserved and diverse populations.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: KAVITHA BHATIA, MD, MMM

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Kavitha Bhatia leads the development and implementation of strategic initiatives that advance the mission and success of Prime Healthcare. Dr. Bhatia works with corporate and hos

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: LOURDES BAEZCONDE-GARBANATI, PHD

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Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati is professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, for which she oversees research on cancer prevention and control.

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: BHAVANA ARORA

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As chief medical officer for the CHLA Health network, Bhavana Arora leads assessment and development of potential health system partnerships with administrative leadership, o

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Top Women Leaders in Health Care: Beth Anderson

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Beth Andersen brings a wealth of knowledge in healthcare experience to her new role as California Plan president at Anthem, having spent 30 years in the industry, inc

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Prime WeHo Property Sells

Site could see mixed-use development

A development site at the intersection of Santa Monica and La Cienega boulevards has sold for $22.5 million.

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Cool for Cats

Kanchan Singh I Crumbs & Whiskers

Crumbs & Whiskers founder Kanchan Singh is purr-fectly casual at her cafes.

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Mamo Takes Over LB Marketplace

Company buys out partner Pacific Castle for $67 million

Santa Ana-based Mamo Properties Inc. bought out Irvine-based partner Pacific Castle Management Inc.’s share of the Long Beach Marketplace for $67 million.

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Large Office Properties Set Major Renovations

Work underway at big-ticket sites in Pasadena, DTLA

The office space construction boom in Los Angeles is extending to large properties in Pasadena and downtown.

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CGI Secures $48 Million in Financing

Developer will use funds for project in Koreatown

Woodland Hills-based CGI Strategies has received a $47.8 million construction loan from an unnamed national lender for a project in Koreatown.

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Robin Games Raises $7 Million Round

Developer plans mobile games aimed at women

Mobile-game developer Robin Games Inc., which was founded by former Jam City Inc. executive Jill Wilson, has raised $7 million in a seed round.

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Ranker Sets Viewing App

Watchworthy will help viewers navigate platforms

Digital media company Ranker Inc. has rolled out a new app to help consumers search for and discover shows across a range of streaming platforms.

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Saucey Reports a Spike in Demand

Alcohol delivery service surges in key markets

For Saucey Inc. Chief Executive Chris Vaughn, the signs pointing to a spike in demand for the company's alcohol delivery app came well ahead of the stay-at-home order.

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Mortgage Market on High Alert

Some contend coronavirus could drive up defaults

Ahead of passage of the federal government’s coronavirus rescue package last week, uncertainty roiled the commercial mortgage market.

Colony Capital Settles Dispute With Investor

Activist Blackwells agrees to support Barrack’s vision

Downtown-based real estate investment company Colony Capital Inc. and activist investor Blackwells Capital have reached a settlement.

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Green Dot Taps Henry as New CEO

Financial technology veteran will also join the board

Pasadena-based Green Dot Corp. has named Dan Henry chief executive and president.

RCT Studio Raises $10 Million

Developer will target VR platforms

RCT Studio, a Burbank-based developer of interactive games, announced it has raised $10 million in Series A funding.

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LAX Posts Traffic Dip for February

Drop is expected to worsen in March and April

Passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport fell nearly 4% in February with international traffic plunging almost 10% as the first impact of the coronavirus pandemic was felt.

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Burke to Remain CEO at AECOM

Hunt will continue for replacement

Michael Burke, who had been expected to step down as chief executive at Century City-based engineering company AECOM at the end of March, will remain at the helm of the company for the foreseeable future.

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Ballmer’s Forum Deal Raises Questions

Clippers owner pays $400 million, still plans to build basketball arena nearby

Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer's $400 million cash purchase of the Forum has people wondering what the deal will mean for the storied Inglewood venue.

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Quibi on Track for April Launch

Streaming service with fresh content could benefit from lockdown

Short-form streaming startup Quibi has been forced to cancel promotional events, but it appears that the company remains advantageously positioned to launch on April 6.

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Open for Business

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LA Businesses Racing to Adapt

Virus drives virtual, ecommerce options

Companies in Los Angeles County are finding new ways to conduct business since state and local officials issued rules designed to combat the spread of Covid-19.

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MJW Launches $500M Fund

Company seeks multifamily opportunities

Santa Monica-based MJW Investments is creating a $500 million fund to invest in value-add multifamily, student housing and more.

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Jacmar Bulks Up for Retail

Restaurant supplier reaches out to consumers

Opening Jacmar’s warehouse to the public for curbside pickup is one of the ways President and CFO Jim Hliboki is trying to keep his company afloat during the pandemic.

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Safe at Home

Two years after joining Amazon, Ring is hitting its stride

Ring is one of the most recognized brands and most widely used technologies in a smart-home market that’s expected to total $101.1 billion in 2020.

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By a Thread

360Sweater spins up a range of recycled cashmere products

360Sweater's Naked Cashmere line is made from cashmere recycled from never-worn clothing items.

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Risks and Rewards

Oskouian likes her chances when it comes to growing Ship & Shore

Ship & Shore has 90 full-time employees and pulls in between $20 million and $25 million a year designing and making a range of air pollution control devices.

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2020 Environmental Business Special Report

Consumers demand environmentally friendly solutions from nearly every industry. Here’s how some L.A. companies are responding — and thriving.

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Friday, March 27

LA County's Pre-Covid-19 Unemployment Rate Held Steady at 4.3% in February

L.A. County's unemployment rate held steady at 4.3% in February, the last reporting period before the arrival of Covid-19.

Wednesday, March 25

Local Biomed Companies Using New Tech to Combat Covid-19

A pair of San Gabriel Valley biomed companies have announced progress in technologies that can be used to fight Covid-19.

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Who's Building L.A: Park Fifth

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Park Fifth is a 24-story, cast-in-place concrete apartment building that is located adjacent to the historic Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles. Developed by MacFarlane Partners, designed by Ankrom Moisan Architects and constructed by Suffolk, the hig

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Who's Building L.A: LA’s Success, Streaming Wars and the Eastward Movement

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Our region’s economy is vibrant, and in spite of its length, the current cycle hasn’t shown signs of stopping as our market fundamentals continue to stay strong. According to our firm’s 2020 outlook, we expect tempered growth in our commerc

Who's Building L.A: Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

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The first phase of Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village’s multimillion-dollar transformation, the remodel of its three restaurants, was inspired by the tranquil elements of Southern California’s coast and the classic era of Old Hollywood glam.

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Tuesday, March 24

Keeping Our Community of Business™ Together

LA Business Journal extends free digital access

For a limited time, the Los Angeles Business Journal is providing all readers with free access to its online content and its digital version of the print edition.

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Monday, March 23

Who's Building L.A: The Music Center Plaza

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As the city of Los Angeles evolves, certain features of the urban landscape figure strongly in the public memory and deserve a second lease on life. A cultural work and public space for over 50 years, The Music Center Plaza has left an indelible imprint on LA’s unique urban pattern.

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Lakin Tire Is Acquired

Pittsburgh-based company buys rubber recycling firm

Pittsburgh-based Liberty Tire Recycling has acquired Lakin Tire, based in Santa Fe Springs.

NeueHouse Set to Open in Venice

Coworking club will occupy former Snap office space

Coworking-meets-social-club company NeueHouse is expanding in Los Angeles by opening a location in Venice Beach.

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Trion Makes the Move Into Ground-Up Space

Value-add developer opens site in Culver City

West Hollywood-based Trion Properties has completed its first foray into ground-up development.

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Mixed Results for SpaceX

Launches satellites but loses booster

The latest effort by Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies Corp. to increase its international broadband internet service produced mixed results.

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Activision Names Alegre as President

Former Google exec will report to Kotick

Game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. has seen a high-profile game rollout, the arrival of a new senior executive and the departure of a key company veteran in a short time frame.

Fulgent Readies Covid-19 Test

Company will seek FDA approval soon

Shares of Temple City-based genetic testing company Fulgent Genetics Inc. soared March 17 as it announced the launch of a new genetic test for detecting the Covid-19 virus.

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Scopely Secures Additional $200 Million

Chernin, Advance contribute to company’s Series D funding round

Scopely Inc., a Culver City-based mobile game publisher, announced an additional $200 million in Series D funding.

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Guess Among Brands Hurt by Virus

Denim-maker’s market cap has plunged 50% since start of pandemic

Guess and other Los Angeles-area retailers are absorbing heavy blows and scrambling to adjust as a result of the pandemic.

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West Adams Is Looking Up

Mixed-use Cumulus towers will anchor revitalized area

On the edge of West Adams, Cumulus is rising. Developer Carmel Partners Inc.’s project sits on 11 acres near the Expo Line.

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Watt Cos. Courts a New Generation

Developer dials up multifamily projects

After recent leadership changes that included Nadine Watt taking on the title of chief executive, Watt Cos. is again focused on housing.

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Workers Keep Ports Active

Cargo flow continues amid precautions at LA, LB

While most businesses nationwide are temporarily closing or asking employees to work from home, thousands of workers in San Pedro Bay continue transferring containers off and on cargo ships.

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VC Firms Lead Remote Push

Coronavirus transforms how LA works

Almost overnight, the coronavirus has transformed the way Angelenos work. For many in the VC space, though, keeping up “business as usual” has been relatively straightforward.

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Guiding Lights: 2020 Law Firms Special Report Roundtable

Some of LA’s top lawyers weigh in on their changing industry — and offer guidance for businesses

An all-star panel of L.A. attorneys share insights into how their business clients' legal needs are evolving, how tech is changing their industry and more.

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2020 Law Firms Special Report

LA's law firms are on the front lines of an evolving business landscape

Top attorneys discuss the industry disruptions, technology and other issues affecting them and their clients n the 2020 Law Firms Special Report.

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American Honda Posts Sales Gains

But February increase still lags competitors

New-vehicle sales at American Honda Motor Co. Inc. totaled 120,006 cars and light trucks in February, a 4.2% increase compared to the same period last year.

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KabaFusion Expands

Lincare purchase increases pharmacy footprint

Cerritos-based KabaFusion has expanded by acquiring the home infusion operations of Lincare Holdings Inc. of Clearwater, Fla.

LA BioSpace Names First Director

Cal State LA facility will anchor bioscience corridor

Local bioscience entrepreneur Alan Horsager has been named the first director for LA BioSpace, the soon-to-open bioscience incubator at Cal State Los Angeles.

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Glendale Multifamily Property Brings $28 Million

Apartment building has 60 units

A trust has purchased a 60-unit apartment building in Glendale from an individual for $28 million.

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East Hollywood Building Sells for $48 Million

Features affordable senior housing

An apartment building in the Little Armenia neighborhood of East Hollywood has sold for $48 million.

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Cedars-Sinai, Huntington Reach Partnership Pact

Hospitals will share resources, research

Cedars-Sinai Health System and Pasadena Hospital, also known as Huntington Memorial Hospital, have agreed to share medical and research resources.

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Fully Loaded

Don Tashman I Loaded Boards Inc.

Don Tashman, chief executive at Loaded Boards, puts his design energy into his company's longboards.

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Wednesday, March 18

Top Lenders in Los Angeles: THOMAS WHITESELL

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As national head of the Pacific Western Bank Real Estate group, Thomas Whitesell is responsible for expanding the firm’s work with established commercial real estate devel

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: JOHANNA TRAYNOR

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Johanna Mayumi Traynor serves as senior loan officer for Lone Oak Fund, where she manag

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: FINLEY TAYLOR

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With more than 26 years of mortgage industry experience, Finley Taylor is a highly regarded

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: JALAL TABY

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Colleagues who have worked with Comerica Bank’s vice president of middle market lending, Jalal Taby for his many M&A transactions, regularly state that he is professional, smart, h

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: NICOLE D. SWAIN

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Nicole Swain has a proven track record of being a top commercial lender in Los Angeles. She has consistently produced over $200 million a year since 2013 and has vast knowledge in

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: JASON SONG

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Jason Song serves as a senior vice president of business development at City National Bank in Los Angeles. With nearly two decades of experience, Song is skilled at identifying creative solutions to common challenges that business owners and their families face.

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: CARLOS RAMOS

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Native of Southern California, Carlos Ramos is senior vice president at Woodforest National Bank’s commercial banking team in Los Angeles.

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: PAUL RAHIMIAN

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Parkview Financial CEO Paul Rahimian currently manages a debt fund that provides construction financing to ground-up real estate development projects on a national basis.

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: IRA PINSKER

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Ira Pinsker is senior vice president of commercial banking for California at IDB Bank, a New York-based private and commercial bank.

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: CARLOS PAYAN

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Carlos Payan joined 1st Century Bank in August 2017 to start up the downtown Los Angeles commercial lending office. As senior vice president regional manager,

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: ALEXA MIZRAHI

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Alexa Lauren Mizrahi serves as director of loan origination for Lone Oak Fund where she is responsible for sourcing bridge loans from $1 million to $50 million for California investment properties.

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: RACHEL MAGNER

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Rachel Magner is senior vice president and head of commercial real estate for California at IDB Bank, a private and commercial bank with full-service branches in Downtown Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: ARMEN MADATYAN

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Armen Madatyan has consistently been a top commercial real estate lender in the Los Angeles market.

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: DAVID MACDONALD

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David Macdonald’s team focus primarily on providing lending, cash management and other commercial banking services to middle market companies and large corporations with annual sales revenues of $50 million and upwards.

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: JAMES KIM

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James Kim recently joined Luther Burbank Savings as a construction loan officer. With over 20 years of experience, Kim is an accomplished lender with a reputation for building strong client relationships and a proven record of exceeding their expectations.

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Tuesday, March 17

2020 Diversity & Inclusion: CEO Action Reports Significant Progress in Elevating Diversity and Inclusion as a Workplace Priority

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Late last year, at its first-ever combined gathering of CEOs, CHROs and CDOs, CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion (CEO Action), the largest CEO-driven coalition to advance diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workplace, hosted nearly 300 signatory organizations to address complex challenges, drive progress in key impact areas and plan for the coalition’s 2020 initiatives.

2020 Diversity & Inclusion: Diversity in Health Care - The Key to Better Health Outcomes in Minority Communities

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To improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities, it is critical for the health care industry to be as diverse as the population it serves.

2020 Diversity & Inclusion: It’s a Fact - Disability Inclusion is Just Good Business!

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Anyone who has looked for a job knows that the task is often fraught with anxiety … and it can be even more challenging for people with disabilities.

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2020 Diversity & Inclusion: The Importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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While diversity, equity and inclusion have become buzzwords in recent years, the definitions and what they mean and how they apply to each company or organization can differ.

2020 Diversity & Inclusion: Federal Taxes and Same-Sex Marriage - How Should You File?

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Note: This byline is part of a special series in celebration of diversity & inclusion.

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2020 Diversity & Inclusion: Inclusive Leadership Fosters Inclusive Excellence

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Many organizations grapple with effectively ensuring that diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are evident within their organizational practices, values, and strategy.

2020 Diversity & Inclusion: The Transformative Power of Mentoring

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Innovative mentoring programs offer a holistic approach to successful business outcomes for all parties.

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2020 Diversity & Inclusion: Actions for Diversity - A Key Focus for Realtors

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Diversity and inclusion are cornerstones of the realtor profession and the Greater Los Angeles REALTORS® (GLAR) is dedicated to making an industry-wide impact.

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2020 Diversity & Inclusion: Leveraging Diversity to Create Your Dream Team

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Congratulations! You won the prize account, got the greenlight for a new program, inked a big partnership deal or landed that coveted promotion.

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: KIYOUN KIM

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In mid-2000, Kiyoun Kim started at IDB as an account officer doing middle market and commercial real estate lending.

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: RICHARD KATZBERG

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Richard Katzberg is a managing director and regional director for Los Angeles for Union Bank’s Real Estate Industries Group. He manages all origination and relationship m

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: JAMES HASKELL

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James Haskell is a senior vice president and region manager with City National Bank’s Commercial Banking team. Based in Beverly Hills, he and his team provide middle-market clients, r

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: DENA HARTE

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Based in Pasadena, Dena Harte leads a team of commercial bankers who deliver City National Bank’s customized financial solutions to midsize businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the Los Angeles region.

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: GREG HADDAD

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Greg Haddad is first senior vice president and regional manager at 1st Century Bank’s Century City Office and has over 18 years of experience in private banking. He works closely with individuals and

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: LARRY GRANTHAM

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Larry Grantham is Calmwater Capital’s co-founder and managing principal, and a member of its Executive and Investment Committees. Grantham first joined Calmwater to manage the platfo

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: BRANDON J.E. FERRERA

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Brandon J.E. Ferrera is an established middle market banker who joined Fifth Third Bank in earl

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: NICK ESKANDARI

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Nick Eskandari has been in real estate finance and development for over 25 years in Beverly Hills and has spent most of his career in real estate lending. He is currently the CEO of K

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: GENE DUNFORD

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Gene Dunford joined Umpqua Bank in 2016 to establish its new Corporate Banking Division in Los Angeles. A 25-year veteran of L.A.’s commercial banking scene, Dunford quickly as

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: JACKY DILFER

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Jacky Dilfer is a commercial lending and SBA real estate lending expert and she’s a dedicated leader and trusted advisor, helping each of her clients grow their businesses, create job opportu

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: JENNIFER DAVIS

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With 25 years of banking experience, Jennifer Davis, based in LA county, spearheads TMC Financing’s mis

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: PATRICK CRANDALL

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Patrick Crandall is a managing director in the National Lending division of Pacific Western Bank, responsible for origin

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: CLAUDIA BODAN

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Claudia Bodan EVP, Los Angeles Market President Commercial Bank of California

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Monday, March 16

Schimmels Joins Business Journal as Publisher

Josh Schimmels, who previously served as an executive with the Los Angeles Business Journal, is returning to the company in the role of publisher and chief executive.

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: JASON BAKER

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As managing director of Pacific Western Bank’s Commercial Real Estate group, Jason Baker is responsible for expanding the bank’s relationships with established commercial and multifamily real estate developers and investors seeking construction and bridge loans nationwide.

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: BITA ARDALAN

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Bita Ardalan is managing director and head of Commercial Banking for Union Bank. The Commercial Banking group is an origination and portfolio management unit serving

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: DEAN ALOE

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As part of TeamLA, Dean Aloe provides SBA 504 financing to small businesses in the greater Los Angeles area.

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Top Lenders in Los Angeles: Publisher's Letter

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Achieving the right business loan is often the starting point for an entrepreneur’s future success. According to a Federal Reserve survey published last year, 43% of all small businesses are seeking loan funding.

2020 Diversity & Inclusion Summit: Publisher's Letter

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According to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.’s most recent People, Industry and Jobs Report, the city of Los Angeles and L.A. County as a whole are more racially and ethnically diverse than ever.

Stan Kroenke: A Condensed Guide

A look at the life and holdings of the Business Person of the Year

Take a look at Stan Kroenke's life and holdings, from his beginnings to his current net worth.

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Eyes on the Ball

Kroenke's Vision Becomes a Reality

Stan Kroenke is the Los Angeles Business Journal's 2020 Business Person of the Year.

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For the Win

Stan Kroenke’s visions — for the Rams, SoFi Stadium and Inglewood — are becoming a reality

In this rare interview with Stan Kroenke, he shares his vision for SoFi Stadium, sports in L.A. and more.

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By the Books

Avid reader Stan Kroenke shares some of his favorites

Stan Kroenke shares his favorite books and authors.

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Sunny Disposition

Matt Jarvis I 72andSunny

72andSunny co-chairman Matt Jarvis aims for comfort, simplicity and creativity.

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72andSunny Elevates Shutt

Move by ad agency follows departures, layoffs in 2019

Playa Vista-based advertising agency 72andSunny has named Global Chief Operating Officer and Partner Evin Shutt to lead the company as chief executive.

ArcLight Looks to Spice Things Up With Promotion

Theater chain enlists celeb chefs for popcorn ‘Experience’

Arclight has unveiled a new offering to up its game: gourmet popcorn flavors created by celebrity chefs and inspired by ArcLight’s four major markets, including L.A.

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Auditboard Carves Out a Niche in Compliance

Company finds success as ‘Apple of audit software’

Auditboard Inc. has quietly built one of the country’s fastest-growing businesses in a sector famously unwilling to move fast and break things.

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Culver City Project Lands $59 Million Loan

Dekel arranges financing for Urban, Meridian Group

A 74,000-square-foot mixed-use creative office building near Culver City received $59.3 million in construction financing.

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Vista Investment Leans Into Rent-Control Sites

Firm pays $50 million to expand multifamily portfolio

Santa Monica-based Vista Investment Group has closed on four multifamily properties as part of a larger plan to purchase properties subject to rent control.

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Multifamily Portfolio Fetches $23 Million

Goldrich Kest sells off two properties to Xenon

Culver City-based Goldrich Kest has sold two multifamily assets in Los Angeles County for a combined $23.3 million.

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Maximum Multifamily

Category continues record hot streak across LA’s markets

After a record-breaking year for multifamily sales in 2019, a variety of factors point toward a possible continuation of the trend this year.

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Defense Firm Is Acquired

Kellstrom joins Aero Precision

El Segundo-based Kellstrom Defense Aerospace Inc. has been sold to a Northern California-based competitor but will keep its ties to Los Angeles County.

Hiring Tests Seek to Eliminate Bias

Assessment company valued at $56M

West Hollywood-based preemployment assessment company Criteria Corp. says tools like personality tests help better predict candidates’ future performance than resumes and interviews alone.

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Tetra Tech Wins $125 Million USPS Work

Company will provide emergency services

Tetra Tech Inc. has landed a $125 million contract with the U.S. Postal Service to supply nationwide emergency preparedness and response support, and environmental services.

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TrueCar Names Darrow President, CEO

Industry veteran assumes top spots after serving in interim capacity

TrueCar Inc. has named Mike Darrow president and chief executive. He will also assume a seat on TrueCar’s board.

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Air Lease Navigates Headwinds

Company offers cash for aircraft or lease extensions

Century City-based Air Lease Corp. has been making course changes to navigate airline industry headwinds from the coronavirus.

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LABJ Insider

Driven by Diversity

Read this week's column from Los Angeles Business Journal Editor Scott Robson for goings-on in L.A.'s business community.

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Video Game Companies May Be Poised for Gains

Virus could increase demand

The gaming industry stands to be one of the few sectors that could benefit from the coronavirus pandemic despite losses triggered by disrupted conferences and esports tournaments.

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Is Lions Gate Reaching a Crossroads?

Studio management seeks rebound

Film and television studio Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. has suffered a wrenching plunge in its stock price over the past few years.

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Wilshire Site Brings $312 Million

Rockpoint buys Miracle Mile tower

A towering Miracle Mile office building at 5900 Wilshire Blvd. attracted a sky-high sale price of $312 million.

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Ports Agree to Cooperate

LA, Long Beach seek efficiency and security

Threatened by a common adversary, the ports of L.A. and Long Beach have vowed to collaborate on several operational initiatives to preserve San Pedro Bay’s competitive edge.

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Pacific Rim Perspective

Menai and CTBC have a unique view of the region’s challenges — and opportunities

As the U.S. head of one of Taiwan’s largest banks, Noor Menai has unique insight into the local economic impact of major events like the trade war and the coronavirus outbreak.

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Fast Starter

City National’s Kelly Coffey makes a good first-year impression

Under Kelly Coffey, who joined City National as chief executive in February 2019, the largest bank headquartered in Los Angeles has grown even larger.

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Special Report: Banking & Finance Quarterly — Q4 2019

Read interviews with L.A.'s top banking professionals and access the latest data in the Los Angeles Business Journal's Banking & Finance Quarterly Special Report.

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Friday, March 13

L.A. County Unemployment Rate Held Steady in January Despite Seasonal Job Losses

L.A. County’s unemployment rate in January remained at 4.3% despite heavy seasonal job losses, according to state figures released March 13.

Thursday, March 12

Southwest to Add 2 Flights at Long Beach Airport This Summer

Southwest Airlines Co. on March 12 announced it will add two weekday flights at Long Beach Airport this summer, one to Oakland and the other to San Jose.

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RadNet to Acquire Radiology AI Company DeepHealth

Sawtelle diagnostic imaging company RadNet Inc. announced March 11 it has agreed to buy Cambridge, Mass.-based radiology artificial intelligence company DeepHealth Inc. in a stock deal.

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Wednesday, March 11

Diversity & Inclusion - CEO & Leadership Panel: Lizette Espinosa-Veneziano

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Lizette Espinosa-Veneziano, President and Co-Founder of infanttech; creator of the zooby–a baby monitor for cars and smarttemp-a technology tracker of a baby’s temperature all day and night.

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Tuesday, March 10

Spotlight on Executive Education: Cal Poly Pomona’s College of the Extended University Provides Flexible Learning Opportunities

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The College of the Extended University is the educational outreach arm of Cal Poly Pomona.

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Spotlight on Executive Education: USC’s Master of Studies in Law: Legal Skills and Knowledge for Business Professionals

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In any organization, leadership isn’t just important, it’s essential. And in today’s workplace, effective leaders offer a well-rounded skillset — able to adapt to new challenges and set the strategies for success. USC’s Gould School of Law, r

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Monday, March 9

Spotlight on Executive Education: Rise to the Top with an Executive Education Degree from the University of La Verne

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Your path to becoming a well-rounded leader and manager begins with an education designed to help you understand how organizations work, with an eye toward communication, teamwork, and integrity.

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Spotlight on Executive Education: Stay Ahead of the Curve with Loyola Marymount University Executive Education

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The faculty and staff in the College of Business Administration (CBA) at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) are dedicated to preparing individuals for change by developing their mindset and skill set for today’s global business landscape.

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MBK Rental Estate to Develop Duarte Property

Company plans 344-unit luxury property near Gold Line

MBK Rental Estate Ltd. closed on a 4.3-acre site in Duarte with plans to develop a 344-unit luxury apartment property on the land.

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Friday, March 6

Diversity & Inclusion - CEO & Leadership Panel: Mercy Steenwyk

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Through a deep sense of purpose, clarity of mission and the power of a company culture based on core values, Mercy Tolentino Steenwyk, Founder and CEO of ForensisGroup, has led the nationwide expert consulting firm for nearly 30 years.

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Diversity & Inclusion - CEO & Leadership Panel: Akash Sehgal

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Akash Sehgal leads the Firm’s Tax Practice and has a deep expertise in multistate income and franchise tax, sales and use tax and credits and incentives.

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Diversity & Inclusion - CEO & Leadership Panel: Michael Ormonde

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Michael Ormonde was named Wells Fargo Los Angeles Region Bank President in November 2017.

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Diversity & Inclusion - CEO & Leadership Panel: Dr. Yasmin Davidds

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Dr. Yasmin Davidds is an innovative visionary who empowers and mobilizes communities to take action and improve the quality of life for themselves and those they love.

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Diversity & Inclusion - Innovative Mentoring Panel: Stephanie Wiggins

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Stephanie Wiggins was named Chief Executive Officer of Metrolink by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors in December 2018.

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Diversity & Inclusion - Innovative Mentoring Panel: Phillip A. Washington

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As Metro CEO, Washington manages a total balanced budget of $7.2 billion for FY20, is responsible for overseeing between $18-$20 billion in capital projects, and provides oversight of an agency with nearly 11,000 employees that transports 1.2 million boarding passengers daily riding on a fleet of 2,000 clean-air buses and six rail lines.

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Diversity & Inclusion - Innovative Mentoring Panel: Amber Meshack

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Amber Meshack is the Director of the new Business, Jobs, & Social Responsibility division at Los Angeles World Airports.

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Diversity & Inclusion - Innovative Mentoring Panel: Borja Leon

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Borja Leon is a transportation and infrastructure professional with close to 20 years of experience in both the private and public sectors.

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Diversity & Inclusion - Innovative Mentoring Panel: Gail Farber

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Gail Farber, PE, serves as HNTB Corporation’s Orange County office leader and vice president, based in the firm’s Santa Ana office.

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Diversity & Inclusion - Building a Diverse Team Panel: Dr. Lois M. Shelton

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Lois M. Shelton earned a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University and is a professor in the Department of Management at the California State University, Northridge.

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Diversity & Inclusion - Building a Diverse Team Panel: Mira Hashmall

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Mira Hashmall, Partner at Miller Barondess LLP, is an experienced litigator who represents clients in all phases of litigation, from pre-litigation counseling to appellate proceedings.

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Diversity & Inclusion - Building a Diverse Team Panel: Janice Dollar

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Janice Dollar is a senior vice president and the Regional Services Senior Manager for the Greater California Community Bank with a team of approximately 68 team members who oversee banking operations, compliance, auditing, loss prevention, risk mitigation and conduct risk overview for Wells Fargo’s 560+ retail banking branches across the state of California.

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Diversity & Inclusion - Building a Diverse Team Panel: Catherine Crow

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As Chief People Officer for Easterseals Southern California, Catherine is responsible for talent acquisition and retention, total rewards, learning and talent development, and employee engagement.

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Diversity & Inclusion - Keynote Speaker: Sahar Andrade

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Sahar Andrade, MB.BCh is a Diversity, Global Leadership & Culture Competence Speaker & Consultant.

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LA Businesses Feeling Impact of Virus

Companies try to adjust amid disruptions

Across the Los Angeles region, events and industries such as hospitality, health care and logistics are starting to feel the squeeze from the new coronavirus.

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Organic by Design

Tosh Berman I Madera Group

Tosh Berman, co-founder and chief executive of Madera Group said his style has changed with his segue from the nightclub business to eating establishments grounded in authentic Mexican cuisine.

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Harley Ellis Sets Project for Homeless

Union Rescue Mission site to house 340 women, children

The latest development aimed at tackling homelessness in L.A. is Angeles House, a Union Rescue Mission project that recently broke ground in South L.A.

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Etco Homes Is Keeping Focus on the Westside

‘Location driven’ developer plans condo communities

Etco Homes is working on new communities in Pacific Palisades, Little Tokyo and the area near Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.

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Companies Apply Tech to Selling

Kilograph, WindWater apps aim to improve processes

Businesses specializing in commercial real estate are rolling out new ways to make selling, leasing and buying easier than ever.

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Long Beach Airport Project Grows to $80 Million

Additional work boosts contract for Swinerton

Swinerton Inc.’s design-build contract for the second phase of terminal improvements at Long Beach Airport just got a whole lot bigger.

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Tetra Tech Adds IT Firm

Segue Technologies deal extends buying binge

Pasadena-based engineering and consulting firm Tetra Tech Inc. is transforming itself into a technical services firm for federal government agencies.

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AECOM Acquisition Talk Builds

Company skips two key investor conferences

Speculation is mounting that Century City-based engineering and infrastructure giant AECOM may be acquired by rival WSP Global Inc.

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Dray Alliance Secures $10 Million in Funding

Company brings a digital focus to last-mile category

Dray Alliance Inc., a digital marketplace for last-mile cargo transportation, raised $10.2 million in a Series A funding round led by Matrix Partners in San Francisco.

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A Promising Launch for Bra Startup Mindd

Longtime apparel exec aims for women with larger sizes

Helena Kaylin’s proof of concept appears to be working ― less than a month after she launched Mindd Bra Co., six of the 12 bra styles on her website have sold out.

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Beyond Meat Sets Sights on $500 Million

Company targets ambitious revenue goal for 2020

Beyond Meat Inc., the maker of plant-sourced protein substitutes, is aiming for the $500 million revenue milestone in 2020.

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Welcome Technologies Secures $8 Million

Software company helps Latino immigrants

Welcome Technologies, a Brentwood-based software technology company, raised an additional $8 million in institutional funding.

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Live Nation Posts Gains

Sees ninth straight year of growth

Beverly Hills-based Live Nation Entertainment Inc. posted 7% revenue growth last year, to $11.5 billion, for a ninth consecutive year of growth.

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Quibi Funding Reaches $1.75 Billion

Startup to launch programs in April

Short-form video startup Quibi announced that it has closed a $750 million funding round, bringing the streaming service’s total funding to $1.75 billion.

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VR Firm Raises $15M to Add Content

Talespin investors include Cornerstone, Farmers

Culver City-based virtual reality company Talespin announced $15 million in series B funding led by Cornerstone OnDemand Inc., a provider of cloud-based learning software.

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Joe Coulombe Leaves Grocery Legacy

Trader Joe’s founder made his mark on the industry, shoppers

Trader Joe’s Co. founder Joe Coulombe, who died Feb. 28 at age 89, had eye for winning products and a passion for customer service that set the company he founded apart from other grocery chains.

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CIM Group Sells Sites in West LA

Developer finds buyer for portfolio of multifamily properties

Developer CIM Group sold a 147-unit multifamily site and an adjacent collection of 37 apartments in the in-demand West Los Angeles market.

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Uncertain Times

Read this week's column from Los Angeles Business Journal Editor Scott Robson for goings-on in L.A.'s business community.

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Strength in Numbers

LA’s commercial real estate market led the nation last year with $28 billion in sales

Commercial real estate sales in L.A. County totaled $28 billion in 2019, the largest total for any county in the United States.

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Waiting Game

Metro delays Crenshaw-LAX Line again for more testing

The long wait for the first rail line to connect to Los Angeles International Airport and to the new football stadium complex in Inglewood is going to be even longer.

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Guess Backs Green Jeans

Retailer joins global denim initiative

Guess Inc. has joined a consortium of brands putting a priority on denim’s ecological footprint.

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Xos Marks the Spot

Regulations boost electric truck-maker

Upcoming regulations for the trucking and transport industry is working in North Hollywood-based Xos Trucks Inc.'s favor.

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Wednesday, March 4

Joint Venture to Invest $150 Million in Student Housing

Companies buy portfolio near USC

Two local companies have formed a $150-million joint venture with the goal of acquiring and managing student housing on the West Coast.

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Monday, March 2

LA’s Electric Vehicle Talent Pool Is Driving Industry Changes

BYD increases skilled worker training, hiring opportunities

Southern California’s demand for electric vehicle industry skilled workers will continue to grow, further pushing up salaries and filling local training classrooms, according to a new report.

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CUSTOM CONTENT: Jewelry That Loves You Back, MaeMae in Atwater Village

Retail Therapy Takes on a New Meaning at LA’s Favorite Gift Shop

MaeMae Jewelry, a female-founded Los-Angeles company, was created with that simple mission at heart, helping people love and accept themselves — and their feelings.

‘Who Are We Without Our Names?’

Law Special Report

Tal Grinblat has worked 23 years as an attorney.

‘Far Too Many Clients on the Wrong End of These PAGA Claims’

Law Special Report

Brian Koegle’s specialty focuses on statutory and case law at both the state and federal courts on employment codes.